Aunt Bee is a wonderful cook but she just can't seem to make a tasty pickle. She's at it again, though, putting up another batch for the boys, who have never had the heart to tell her they taste terrible. Rather than choke down any more of her "kerosene cucumbers," Andy, Barney, and Opie substitute good store-bought pickles for her bad homemade ones. Having lost to Clara Johnson in the best pickles contest at the fair eleven years in a row, Bee thinks her latest batch is a winner and decides to enter. Knowing it would be unfair to the other contestants, especially Clara, for store-bought pickles to be entered, the boys must eat every one of the substitutes so Aunt Bee will have to make another batch of her own for the contest.
Did You Know?
In the "Aunt Bee's Mayberry Cookbook" there is a recipe for Aunt Bee's Kerosine Cucumbers along with Barney's quote from this episode that labeled them as such. See more
Throughout this episode, Aunt Bee refers to making a batch of pickles as making 8 quarts.
She tells Andy and Barney that they're the lucky ones because she made a double batch - 16 jars.
All recipes for a batch of pickles are for 7 quarts, not 8, because 7 is the number of quart jars that will fit in the standard, blue enamel, water bath canner. This canner size has been the standard for at least the last half of the 20th century and probably even earlier. See more
I don't know how I can face the future when I know there's eight quarts of these pickles in it.
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